THE marriage of 1980s singer and actor Raisuddin Hamzah is legal, the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court ruled. In passing the verdict, the court dismissed an application by the bride's father to declare the 2007 marriage null and void, Berita Harian reported.
Raisuddin, 58, married Siti Fatimah Suberi, 27, in Songkhla, which raised doubt on whether it had been properly solemnised because the father, Suberi Abdullah, was absent to give away the bride during the ceremony.
Syarie judge Salehan Yatim said the couple had married in a location measured as more than two marhalah (more than 90km) from Sit Fatimah's family home and because of this Suberi's presence as wali (bride's custodian) did not arise. He said it was suffice for the couple to chose a wali hakim (judicial custodian) for the ceremony.
"Furthermore, there was no evidence of coercion and Siti Fatimah, in her statement, had said she had married willingly," added Salehan.